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JEROME AND THE WITCHCRAFT KIDS

Author: Eileen Christelow

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Publisher: Clarion Books,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Jerome, who is very proud of his babysitting abilities, is the target of a practical joke that spooks him and readers! This book is a Halloween tale of how quickly pride can cause a downfall (even if just a practical joke).

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 7; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Age of Child: Read with child who is 32 months old.

Young Reader Reaction: Toddler was quiet and watchful during the first read, but during subsequent readings, s/he got into the story-telling and enjoyed the surprise.

Adult Reader Reaction: The author succeeds in creating a suspenseful atmosphere, that this parent found enjoyable. Yet the story was friendly enough to thrill young children without scaring them.

Pros: The revelation that ghosts and witches are just Jerome's sister and her friends strips the scariness from Halloween dress up.

Cons: None

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This book is out of print. Having available only some of the time will keep the seasonal topic a special one.

If You Liked This Book, Try: CURIOUS GEORGE GOES TO A COSTUME PARTY   DON'T BE AFRAID LITTLE BEAR (SECRET SLIDING BOOKS)   MICKEY AND FRIENDS HAUNTED HALLOWEEN

Educational Themes: This book shows children that circumstances are not always what they appear to be.

Notes: This book is out of print, but used copies are available at www.bn.com and www.waldenbooks.com

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, Halloween

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2004

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